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Old 08-05-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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We are going to be redoing our bathroom. Still just in the planning stages, but I'm gathering information.
So anyway, I like our current tub. I don't know what it's made of but when you knock on it, it does sound pretty solid, definitely not "plastic" crap. The shape is good and there aren't any defects.
This will show my na´vetÚ but all these shows I watch they always have to cut the tub out and replace it. (plumbing needs to be repaired and the floor lowered so it does have to come out) is there a way to get it out without damaging it?

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Why would you want to even take it out?
If it's in good shape there's no reason to.
You just protect it with an old carpet, or cardboard and work around it.

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I'm almost positive the plumbing in the wall needs repaired and like I said, we are lowering the floor. I don't see how me could do any of that without taking it out.
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The plumbing gets done behind the 'water' wall and you reach in and under to do drain fittings.

If it's a cast iron tub and you like the color, and the flooring underneath is solid, I would not take it out either. The surrounding flooring could be removed and lowered.

Depending on existing installation, it's not easy to remove, at times, without removing sheetrock on at least 2 sides, to get the needed angles.

Will require heavy lifting and must clear door frame if you want to temporarily store.
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The floor underneath isn't solid and the Sheetrock all has to be removed anyway
I didn't even consider door clearance though. I will have to measure and see.
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We are going to be redoing our bathroom. Still just in the planning stages, but I'm gathering information.
So anyway, I like our current tub. I don't know what it's made of but when you knock on it, it does sound pretty solid, definitely not "plastic" crap. The shape is good and there aren't any defects.
This will show my na´vetÚ but all these shows I watch they always have to cut the tub out and replace it. (plumbing needs to be repaired and the floor lowered so it does have to come out) is there a way to get it out without damaging it?
Don't believe half the stuff you see on those shows. They attempt to show you how to do everything except buying a permit
Remove the tub as a last resort
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Don't believe half the stuff you see on those shows. They attempt to show you how to do everything except buying a permit
Remove the tub as a last resort
Haha. I definitely only use them as an idea source, not for instructions. I am aware they don't show about 90% of the steps.

But, as I have said, the tub has to come out.
I'm wanting to know how to remove it in such a way that I will be able to put it back in.
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Haha. I definitely only use them as an idea source, not for instructions. I am aware they don't show about 90% of the steps.

But, as I have said, the tub has to come out.
I'm wanting to know how to remove it in such a way that I will be able to put it back in.
about the easiest way is to remove the wall finishes to the tub rim, remove or disconnect the plumbing. Then grab the back edge and roll it towards you unto its apron. Then take it away for temp storage. If its cast iron, use a helper or two.
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The material underneath the tub that was supporting it (foam or the like), will that be difficult to get off?

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